The Australian Boomers have named David Patrick to their coaching staff ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.
Patrick, a former NBL player with the Canberra Cannons, cut his teeth as an assistant coach in the Collegiate system including stops at Nicholls State, St Mary’s, LSU, TCU and most recently head coach of UC Riverside.
After joining LSU in 2012, Patrick was key in the recruitment of his godson Ben Simmons to the program for the NBA Rookie of the Year’s lone season in College basketball.
As an assistant coach with the Boomers, Patrick will play a key role in game preparation as the Australian team scout opponents ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
“I am honoured to be joining the Boomers coaching staff for the 2019 FIBA World Cup and Tokyo Olympic campaign,” said Patrick.
“Coach Lemanis and his staff have done a magnificent job in their preparation and I am hopeful I can help them achieve continued success. Australian basketball is at an all-time high and has made its imprint globally.”
Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis lauded Patrick’s credentials in the Collegiate system.
“He is a very experienced coach who will bring his own unique talents to the group” Lemanis said.
“David has certainly done the hard yards of coaching and has worked his way to be the head coach of his own College program which reflects the wonderful skills he has as a person and coach.
“He is also extremely passionate about the success of Australian basketball and is committed to helping the team be the best it can be. His experience, values and skill set are a significant addition to the team.”
Patrick will link up with the Boomers when their selection camp begins in August ahead of match ups against Team USA and Canada leading into the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.